Syllabus Ayisha Sereni RE 101

Syllabus Ayisha Sereni RE 101

Real Estate Fundamentals (RE101)



Instructor:       Dr. Ayisha Sereni


Office Hours:     By appointment

CRN:                     19777 Section 901

Format:               Online

Semester:           Spring 2019 (January 14, 2019 – May 2, 2019)

Credit Hours:     3-0-3

Textbook:           Modern Real Estate Practice in Pennsylvania 13th Ed. Dearborn Publishers

Catalog Description: Economic, legal and social aspects of real estate under private ownership in the U.S. Among the topics to be discussed will be the agreement of sale, mortgage financing, title and title insurance, settlement, leasing and landlord-tenant relations, planning, zoning, regulations governing land use, Fair Housing legislation and the various aspects of the real estate business. Required by Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission for all candidates for a sales license.


Learning Outcomes (LO):

Explain the fundamentals of real estate as an investment and how to protect that investment.

Explain the rights and obligations of a real estate owner.

Describe the fundamental of real estate necessary for an owner to make appropriate decisions about rights and liabilities.

Explain the nine real estate professions and the level of knowledge required to succeed in each.

For those students who anticipate becoming a licensed salesperson:   Successfully complete the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission’s Salesperson’s Licensing Examination after taking the required Real Estate Practice course and specific cram course for licensing exam.






Week 1


Unit 1: Real Property and the Law

Land, Real Estate, and Real Property

Real Property versus Personal Property

Characteristics of Real Estate

Laws Affecting Real Estate

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 2



Unit 2: Land-Use Controls and Property Development

Land-Use Controls

Regulation of Land Development

Private Land-Use Controls

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 3


Unit 3: Environmental Issues in Real Estate

Hazardous Substances

Groundwater Protection

Environmental Protection Laws

Liability of Real Estate Professionals

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 4


Unit 4: Legal Descriptions

Methods of Describing Real Estate

Preparing A Survey

Measuring Elevations

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 5


Unit 5: Interests in Real Estate

Governmental Powers

Estates in Land


Water Rights

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 6


Unit 6: Leasehold Estates

Leasehold Estates

Lease Agreements

Discharge of Leases

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 7


Unit 7: Forms of Real Estate Ownership

Forms of Real Estate Ownership

Ownership of Real Estate by Business Organizations

Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Time-Shares

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 8





Week 9



Unit 8: Real Estate Taxes and Liens


Real Estate Tax Liens

Other Liens on Real Property

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 10



Unit 9: Transfer of Title

Voluntary Alienation

Types of Deeds

Involuntary Alienation

Conveyance of a Decedent’s Property

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 11



Unit 10: Title Records

Public Records

Proof of Ownership

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 12



Unit 11: Real Estate Contracts

Contract Law

Essentials of a Valid Contract

Discharge of Contracts

Contracts Used in the Real Estate Business

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 13



Unit 12: Principles of Real Estate Financing

Introduction to the Real Estate Financing Market

Mortgage Law and Loan Instruments

Provisions of the Note

Provisions of the Mortgage Documents


See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Week 14



Unit 13: Pennsylvania Real Estate Licensing Law

Purpose of License Laws, Disciplinary Actions, and Recovery Fund

Licensure, Activities, and Procedures

Real Estate Documents and Escrow Requirements

Relationships Between Licensees and Consumers

General Ethical Responsibilities

See respective Canvas Module for specific learning activities.

Final Exam TBA





A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 59 and below



Learning Activity

Point Value

Discussion Board Expectations Quiz


Discussion Board Participation (13 total)


Self-Assessment Reflection (13 total)


Disciplinary Actions Case Study


PSI Candidate Information Bulletin


Mid-term Exam


Final Exam









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